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Special legislative session begins today

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By Bill Raack, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri legislature will begin a special session in Jefferson City Tuesday. But not all lawmakers are happy about returning to the capital one week early.

Governor Matt Blunt called the special session to deal with two anti-abortion bills that failed to pass in the spring and to fix problems with some other un-related measures.

Abortion-rights supporters say the proposals could be harmful to women and the cost of the session - about $100,000 -is wasteful.

Democratic Senator Joan Bray of St. Louis agrees:

"The governor has an obligation to one of his special interest groups that he didn't satisfy during this session and he wants to make abortion unavailable in Missouri, which is going to have dire consequences," Bray said."

A Blunt spokesman says the special session has nothing to do with the governor's his relationship with the group Missouri Right to Life.

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